A prospective study on the dynamics of depression in late adolescence
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Arch Psych Psych 2007;9(3):43–51
Aim: To assess changes in the occurrence of depressive disorders during late adolescence a prospective epidemiological study was carried out. Subjects and method: A representative sample of 17-year-old school adolescents (N=2094) was screened for depression with the Krakow Depression Inventory (KID) in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Results: Point prevalence of depression was as follows: 27.27 % for 17-year-olds, 27.43 % for 18-yearolds, and 26.69 % for 19-year-olds, and was relatively stable in the sample studied. Conclusions: It was found that depression is more frequent in late-adolescent girls than in boys of the same age. The dynamics of depression across the years suggests a differentiated nature of the disturbance.